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Friday, January 16, 2004


Kitchen Table Activism

posted by Brian Ulrich at Friday, January 16, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Many people are excited by what is happening on the ground in Iowa. We're all nervously watching poll numbers and wishing we could do something to affect the outcome.

We can. Write letters to New Hampshire.

In this campaign, we have it in our power to tell people why we think Howard Dean would be the best candidate for President of the United States.

We will tell them that in this age of terrorism, the people who know most about homeland security are the governors, and there's only one of them running.

We will tell them that the way to beat George Bush on foreign policy is by advocating a return to focusing on al-Qaeda and its associated terrorist networks, not by claiming everything Bush does just needs a little fine-tuning.

We will tell them that we have a chance to make being a Democrat respectable again, and not just hold onto the back of runaway conservatism hoping to slow it down a little.

We will tell them that only one candidate has a plan which both gets us close to universal health care and will pass.

We will tell them that only one candidate has taken on the Republicans' divisive "Southern Strategy" directly, exposing it for what it is in a national campaign.

We will tell them why two of the largest labor unions in the country, AFSCME and SEIU, have endorsed Howard Dean, reasons tied not only to the fact they believe he is a winner.

And most of all, we will tell them how we are proud to be Americans, fighting to restore the spirit of American democracy for a modern age, looking forward to a renewal of American purpose and a restoration of American honor under a Dean administration.

This, we can do.


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